How to Build Your Own First Aid Kit

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How to Build Your Own First Aid Kit

A first aid kit allows you to be prepared for sudden medical emergencies.


A first aid kit is always good to have wherever you are. This handy pack allows you to be prepared for sudden medical emergencies. Read more to find out how you can build your very own kit.  

There is a known saying that “prevention is better than cure”—but what if you are in an emergency that requires immediate care? Having your very own first aid kit becomes a must. Your first aid kit (depending on the severity of the emergency) is an easy and affordable quick fix versus going on a trip to the emergency room.

Pack the basics

Every first aid kit should have immediate solutions for minor emergencies like small cuts and burns. Knowing how to disinfect and dress wounds might be handy during out of town trips with your family and friends.

In case such a situation occurs, make sure you have the following:

  • Bandages (different sizes)

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Antiseptic solution

  • Gauze pads

  • Cotton swabs

  • Medical tape

  • Burn ointment

  • Small medical tools like scissors and tweezers

  • Hot/cold packs

  • Thermometer

  • Sterile gloves

  • Distilled water

 

Personalize your medicines

An ideal kit should contain different medications which can cater to common conditions like headaches, body pains, fever, nausea, diarrhea, etc. However, have your prescription pills on hand (if any). Keep in mind any allergies that your family members may have before giving any medicine.

Remember to stock up on:

  • Paracetamol

  • Ibuprofen

  • Loperamide

  • Hydration salts

  • Mefenamic acid

  • Antacids

  • Antihistamine

  • Antibacterial cream

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Choose the right container

Where you pack your first aid kit is as important as what’s inside. Consider where you will put your kit and how the contents should be stored when you choose your container. A hard case with built-in compartments is an ideal choice to organize and protect your supplies from damage and contamination.

Your kit should also be in an area where it’s accessible. Ideally, it should also be portable so you can easily store it in your car or bag. If you have children, then it’s best to use a lock to secure sensitive medications inside.

Keep a list of the expiration dates of your medicines so you can easily track if there’s a need to dispose of them. Use the product inserts as a reference if you are unsure about certain effects of specific medications. Remember to consult a medical professional before taking any medication.

General disclaimer
Always consult your doctor before taking any medicine. Your doctor will be in the best position to give the appropriate medical advice. For suspected undesirable drug reaction, seek medical attention immediately and report to the FDA at www.fda.gov.ph and UNILAB, Inc. at 8-864522-1 (8-UNILAB-1) or productsafety@unilab.com.ph. Always buy from your trusted drugstores and retailers.

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